Equity in Education
The ISD 728 Equity and Integration Department is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the components of Achievement and Integration for Minnesota under MN Statute 124D.861. The Achievement and Integration for Minnesota is established to pursue racial and economic integration and increase student achievement, create equitable educational opportunities, and reduce academic disparities based on students' racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in Minnesota Public schools.
We currently have four educators who contribute to the mission of the district by building bridges at all school sites to promote culturally competent learning environments. Equity Specialists provide services throughout the school district working primarily with students, families and assisting staff members, working to close the achievement gap at all levels. Specialists construct partnerships between families, communities and schools in the elementary levels to develop and implement programs to facilitate cultural exploration and develop awareness. Students in the secondary schools participate in various groups lead by the Equity Specialists to increase understanding of social issues and influences, access to resources and opportunities as well as build capacity for leadership and advocacy for self and others.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. ISD 728 has implemented AVID in our 8th through 12th grades as an elective class in each of our middle and high schools.
NWSISD works with districts in the collaborative to provide programs and services that promote integrated learning environments and enhance diversity and cultural awareness.
Resources for ISD 728 Staff at the Multicultural Resource Center
Meadowvale, Lincoln, Westwood, and Zimmerman Elementary
Rogers Middle, Rogers High, Zimmerman Middle and High School
Elk River High, Ivan Sand Community High, Salk and Vandenberge Middle School
Rogers, Hassan, Otsego, Parker and Twin Lakes Elementary
Ena Rasmussen- Equity
Tricia Sanford- Integration